1. The safety check
Before we delve into the most complicated of the top 5 tips, it would be remiss of us not to start with the usual suspects. These are the safety checks that you perform before you head out.
- Make sure your shoelaces are tied
- Know your route
- Ensure someone knows where you’ve gone
2. Be seen, be known
So often when a runner is involved in a road accident, we automatically cast aspersions on the driver of the vehicle. Sometimes, though, the driver legitimately did not see the runner, tragic as the incident may be. That’s why we strongly urge you to make sure that you wear bright clothing and a reflective vest so that you’re visible – no matter what time of day you go running. In addition to this, please make sure that you carry some form of identification, whether it’s your medical aid member card or your ID smart card (newly available from Home Affairs). This way if something unfortunate happens you can easily identify yourself or be identified.
3. Stay focused
Did you know that when you’re listening to music, you’re not listening out for oncoming cars, cyclists yelling to move, unleashed dogs, or any other potential threats? As desirous as it is to have your own tunes pounding out a rhythmic beat to keep your feet on the road, it’s best to limit your distractions.
4. Care for cars
Drivers are not looking for you. They’re not even aware that you exist. They’re listening to the radio, making sure the kids in the backseat aren’t hurting each other, talking on their cellphones, or paying close attention to their GPS device. That’s why you need to be aware of them. Run facing the traffic, or even better, stay off the roads and head for paths, sidewalks, and parks. If you live in a city, like Johannesburg, it might be worth taking your exercise session to Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam.
Not only will you enjoy the view, but you won’t have to watch out for cars. Cyclists, dogs, and other runners, yes, but not cars.
5. Trust your gut
At the end of the day, you must trust your own instincts. We can tell you to only run with other people or to run in the park, but only you can know if a location or person makes you feel comfortable. If your gut says to turn around, then don’t ignore it. Trust yourself.
While we trust that you will gain much use out of this guideline to keeping you safe on the roads (or off the beaten path), our main area of expertise is ensuring that your cars, home contents, buildings, and portable possessions are properly insured. We have a proud history of over 30 years in the insurance industry and have developed products that will not only cover you against the financial risk of loss, theft, or damage, but will also give you benefits, like road assist and home assist.
Take a moment to get an online quote or contact us and one of our knowledgeable consultants will help you every step of the way.